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Year 2014

Eleven editions of the village magazine published in 2014

Monthly editorials followed by links to PDF download files

Editorial by Stephen MacDonald (December 2014 and January 2015)

In this edition of the magazine people say how lucky we are to live where we do. Fighting our corner is a speciality, with successful campaigns this year in support of the Abbots Mitre, Wherwell’s night chimes and improvements to vital infrastructure. How reassuring to live in a community where citizens still step forward to protect their rights, traditions and values. Meanwhile, Christmas is hurtling towards us and seasonal events abound. Saturday 13th is the highlight, with Chilbolton Christmas Fair in the afternoon and all the fun of the hugely popular Wherwell Singers Christmas Concert in the evening. Merry Christmas from all the Magazine Team!

Editorial by Tessa Youell (November 2014)

As I put the magazine to bed, it is an unseasonably warm 15C outside – difficult to think that Christmas is around the corner yet this issue is full of yuletide events reminding us that the season of goodwill and jollification will soon be upon us. As already mentioned, we urgently need more people to join the team (see p5). Apart from being interesting and fun, as our venerable chairman points out, it’s a great way to meet new people from both sides of the Common.

Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (October 2014)

Autumn draws on! After a couple of thinnish issues, it has been a tight squeeze this month. Nice to see some reports of recent events intermingled with future events. Harvest, History, the Benefice, the Parish Councils, Nature and Music feature strongly. Film Flix and the Abbots Mitre make a welcome return. I hope as many people as possible will keep up the pressure on High Speed Broadband. You have a great team producing this magazine, but some vacancies will soon need to be filled to keep us at full strength. Enjoy your read.

Editorial by Carole Marits (September 2014)

Summer is drawing to a close, the nights are getting shorter and music is in the air. During September and October there are many musical activities to tempt us autumn autumn evenings. We also have our monthly films resuming in Chilbolton Village hall. By the time you read this the first of the Christmas products will be in the shops and many of us will still be harvesting our autumn crops from our gardens. Don’t forget to check your oil level and have the chimney swept before you light the first fire of the autumn and enjoy this beautiful part of the countryside we live in as the seasons take us in to the most colourful of all.

Editorial by Euan Ramsay (August 2014)

The usual range of activities in the local community diminishes in August as people take time off. There is still plenty to see and do in the area in August, however, and you will find full details in this month’s (slightly slimmer) magazine, plus lots of exciting things to look forward to from September onwards. So have a good break – if you are taking one! – and if you are staying put, here’s hoping that the sun shines.

Editorial by Tessa Youell (July 2014)

By the time this drops through your door we’ll have only just passed the longest day, yet it has felt like high summer for some weeks. With all the flood water and warm weather, the growth has been phenomenal – a much needed boost for our ailing bird and bee population (see Jolyon’s Bee Diary), not to say homo sapiens! The fete season may be over and Wimbledon in its final week but if you go to the centre pages of the magazine, you’ll find there is something for almost everyone going on closer to home this month.

Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (June 2014)

Nearly half way through this year already! May has been a very busy month, not least with several Annual Meetings. Our Parish Council reports show them to be in fine fettle for the coming year. June is always a busy month, with TWO Church Fetes, Open Gardens in Wherwell and this year a Charity Dinner Dance on midsummer evening. Film shows in Chilbolton have a new projection provider, Film Flix, and have extended their season with 12 Years a Slave. Finally, the Cow Common is looking green and lush with swathes of yellow buttercup and flag iris, and by now the cattle will have returned.

Editorial by Euan Ramsay  (May 2014)

Such a pleasure to see the full signs of spring bluebells, cowslips, lambs in the fields and that indefinable lightness of step as we look forward to what we hope will be a warm and balmy summer. I think we deserve that after the long hard winter! As ever, our community has plenty to keep you busy – on 10th May, for example, you can choose between a Barn Dance at Wherwell Village Hall and The Railway Man film in Chilbolton Village Hall – and don’t miss the Wherwell School Spring Fete on 18 May.

Editorial by Euan Ramsay  (April 2014)

Thankfully, the worst of the floods seem to be behind us and we are now looking forward to a lively spring. There are plenty of things to do to feed your ‘spring fever’, not least a walk in the bluebell woods on 27th April or a night out at the Home Guard Club, where there is a busy schedule of events. And if you fancy exercising your lungs, do go along and sing with the new Cockatrice Community Singers – no experience needed!

Editorial by Tessa Youell (March 2014)

The terrible storms are still dominating the news. The flood in Chilbolton has diminished as I write, but please look at the Flood Notice on page 26. Thanks to everyone for their effort and fantastic community spirit, especially the Flood Action group, it’s so important we support them in pushing Southern Water for a permanent solution. There is a lot going on this month, and I recommend ‘Captain Philips’ at  the movies – a terrific, nail-biting film.

Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (February 2014)

Welcome to the first edition of a New Year. All the regular features are back, plus new articles such as the Sewing and Craft Group and an amusing review of Pride and Prejudice. If you will be having a Spring Clean this month, then recycling outlets are numerous, not forgetting the Jumble Sale on 1st March. If you have been busy making marmalade last month, why not enter the Dalemain Festival. Inside these pages, there are as many adverts for ‘Coming Soon’ events as there are dates in February. So, busy times ahead – enjoy!

The magazine for January is published with the preceding December, as a double issue.

Year 2013


Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2014)

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